School budget and board election results

New Yorkers To Vote Tuesday On School Budgets
City Schools budget with zero-percent increase in tax levy put before voters tomorrow

17 May, 2017

The spending plan includes a $28.8 million property tax levy, which is 2.9 percent larger than the 2016-17 levy.

2,754 votes were cast on the school budget referendum out of 44,951 registered voters in New Rochelle, 6.013%.

The school budget passed by an unofficial vote of 836-212.

School budget votes and board elections results have begun rolling in, with voters approving budgets in East Hampton, Amagansett, Montauk, Bridgehampton, Sagaponack, and Wainscott, whose polls all closed 8 p.m.

Clifton Park, NY Voters in the Shenendehowa School District Tuesday put aside any lingering grievances with the surplus land issue and overwhelmingly approved the 2017-2018 district budget by more than a 3-1 margin.

"The federal budget has not been passed yet, but it's my understanding we will receive federal tax funds for the '17-'18 year", Bodamer said.

In 2017-18, the average home is assessed at $332,528 and the owner of that home will pay $3,863 in K-8 school taxes, an increase of $98, according to budget documents. The budget increases year-over-year spending by $541,140, up 2.54 percent.

As reported following previous school board meetings, the upcoming school year will face some financial challenges due to some unfavorable audit findings which show a history of the Hot Springs School District outspending their incoming resources.

The district has reserves to cover the difference, but those will start to diminish for next year if the funds never arrive.

Voters also approved establishing a capital reserve fund, with 588 voters supporting the measure and 135 opposed. To better control coverage and premiums, the district has for several years past been part of the self-funded Orange-Ulster Health Plan.

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Patrick Bistrian III and Dawn Rana-Brophy were running to keep their seats, and Anna Bernasek was seeking a seat for the first time.

Another factor behind the increase is the $9.3 million the district must borrow for the new public library to be built at Salesian Park. A proposition to purchase a school bus passed 385-90.

The two school board candidates on the ballot were incumbent Jeffrey Brownell and Joan Hallett-Valentine.

Proposition 2, to purchase four 66-passenger buses at a maximum cost of $474,612, - 75.2 percent paid for by NY state - passed, 676-261.

One resident complimented the board for everything that is offered to students and said, "While I would like to see relief on my taxes, I want to thank you for all you do for the children of this community".

Residents had a choice between three candidates for one open board seat on Tuesday.

CHESTERIn Chester, the good news is the return to the tax rolls of Amscan, the party products manufacturer located in the industrial park, now that its PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) has expired. Board member Josh Gould said he wasn't satisfied with a 1.89 percent tax hike. The project's cost, a maximum of $19.16 million, is down from $21 million the district initially considered in September after plans were presented by John Jojo of Mosaic Associates and Scott Swenson of Engineered Solutions. These costs are contributing to a 1.2 percent increase in the budget.

Voters also re-elected two incumbents to the district's Board of Education.

Transportation costs are also going up.

The total proposed budget for 2017-18 is $26,958,194, less than a half-million more than the current budget.

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